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Comparison of NEMA and

IEC schematic diagrams
General
With the increasing emphasis on globalization, many industries are now looking to all parts of the
world to produce, market, and sell their products. Electrical manufacturers are no exception. Since
the electrical standards adopted by various nations may vary, the markings and symbols used
to describe electrical control products vary as well. Whether it is a complex control system on a
machine tool or a simple across-the-line motor starter, the need to recognize and understand these
symbols becomes more important. It is possible that products from all parts of the world are being
used in any one facility.
The purpose of this document is to provide a simple cross reference of common schematic/wiring
diagram symbols used throughout various parts of the world.
The following tables describe the device and show the symbol by area of usage.
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Description NEMAT IEC
Capacitor
Circuit breaker Magnetic only
Thermal-magnetic
Coil
Basic contacts Normally closed
Normally open
Time delay contacts Normally closed, time closed
Normally closed, time open
Normally open, time closed
Normally open, time open
Disconnect switch Non-fused
Fused
Fuse
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Description NEMAT IEC
Earth (ground)
Induction motor Single-phase
Three-phase
Indicating lights Standard
Insert color code inside symbol Insert color code next to symbol
Push-to-test
Insert color code inside symbol
Meters
Insert function code inside symbol Insert function code next to symbol
Overload relays Thermal element
Magnetic element
Pushbuttons Illuminated
Momentary (N.C.)
Momentary (N.O.)
Mushroom head (N.C.)
Mushroom head (N.O.)
Resistor
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Description NEMAT IEC
Switches Float (N.C.)
Float (N.O.)
Flow (N.C.)
Flow (N.O.)
Foot (N.C.)
Foot (N.O.)
Limit (N.C.)
Limit (N.O.)
Selector switch Two-position
Three-position
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Description NEMAT IEC
Switches Pressure (N.C.)
Pressure (N.O.)
Temperature (N.C.)
Temperature (N.O.)
Transformer Current
Voltage
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Description NEMAT IEC
Common Schematic Diagrams: Across the Line Non-Reversing Starters with Start–Stop Pushbuttons
Power circuit
Control circuit
Common Schematic Diagrams: Across the Line Non-Reversing Starters with Hand–Off–Auto Selector Switch
Power circuit—starter
Control circuit—starter
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Description NEMAT IEC
Common Schematic Diagrams: Across the Line Reversing Starters with Forward–Reverse–Stop Pushbuttons
Power circuit—
reversing starter
Control circuit—
reversing starter
Common Schematic Diagrams: Combination Starter with Fused Disconnect Switch and Start–Stop Pushbuttons
Power circuit
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Description NEMAT IEC
Common Schematic Diagrams: Combination Starter with Fused Disconnect Switch and Start–Stop Pushbuttons
Control circuit
Common Schematic Diagrams: Manual Starter
Power circuit